A standardized extract of Ginkgo biloba neutralizes cisplatin-mediated reproductive toxicity in rats

Amr Amin, Christeena Abraham, Alaaeldin A. Hamza, Zeinab A. Abdalla, Shaikha B. Al-Shamsi, Saina S. Harethi, Sayel Daoud

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The aim of this study was to evaluate the protective effects of Ginkgo biloba (GB) against testicular damage and oxidative stress as well as caudal sperm indices in a cisplatin- (CIS-) induced rodent model. Adult male Wistar rats were given vehicle, single i.p. dose of CIS alone (10mg/kg), GB alone (200mgg/kg every day for five days), or single dose of CIS followed by GB (50, 100, or 200mg/kg every day for five days). On day 6, after the first drug treatment oxidative and apoptotic testicular toxicity was evaluated. CIS-treated rats displayed decreased weights of testes and epididymis as well as caudal sperm count and motility. This reproductive toxicity was accompanied with increased germ-cell degeneration in seminiferous tubules and increased germ-cell apoptosis, increased testicular MDA levels and MPO activity, and decreased SOD and CAT activities in testes. Intensive expressions of COX-2, iNOS, and NF-B p65 in testicular tissues were detected in CIS-treated group. Oral GB administrations at all doses to CIS-treated rats effectively alleviated all of the CIS-induced toxicity in reproductive system. The present results provide further insights into the mechanisms of protection against CIS-induced reproductive toxicity and confirm the essential antioxidant potential of a GB extract.

Original languageEnglish
Article number362049
JournalJournal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology
Publication statusPublished - 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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